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Two-Timing Tigers
In sending Ohio State to a second straight crushing defeat in the title game, marauding LSU became the first school to win the BCS twice
NFL PLAYOFFS
Dream On!
With his unlikely dash, David Garrard was the Steelers' worst nightmare. Now the Jacksonville QB is ready to send the mighty Patriots a wake-up call
Load Bearer
San Diego has pinned its hopes on Philip Rivers. Against the Titans, he was up to the task
Full Blast
An electrocharged edge rusher who drives a hybrid and hikes mountains just to throw up? As the Redskins found out, Patrick Kerney is Seattle's most unconventional weapon
Eli Grows Up
The Giants' much beleaguered young Manning is finally playing like a franchise quarterback. Question: Will it last?
PRO BASKETBALL
So Far ... So Great
The new-look, suddenly defensive-minded Celtics are off to the fourth-best start in NBA history. But as the Pistons learned, it's not just thanks to the Big Three
Minnesota Dreaming
The T-Wolves helped the Celtics get to the top of the league ... while they sit at the bottom. But there is reason for optimism
PRO HOCKEY
A Tale of Three Goalies
With the Devils' Martin Brodeur, the Islanders' Rick DiPietro and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist all among the NHL's elite, the debate over who's the best hearkens back to the days of Willie, Mickey and the Duke
MICHAEL BEASLEY
B-Easy Does It
Living up to his nickname, fun-loving Kansas State forward MICHAEL BEASLEY is coolly tearing through his freshman season and putting his boisterous past behind him
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